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My favorite fall clothing accessories are scarves in every pattern and color. So, instead of breaking the bank on another scarf that will inevitably get snagged by my rings, cats, purse zipper (the list goes on), I’ve decided this knit-less scarf project is the perfect autumn craft for me. And guess what? It’s insanely simple and requires zero knitting knowledge. The only tools you’ll need to whip up this scarf are scissors, a cutting blade, a needle and thread. Talk about easy as pumpkin pie.

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When you pull out your cold-weather clothes from last year, remember that this scarf project is perfect for turning outdated, torn, stained, stretched and despised sweaters into something fabulous. That sweater that hit the 12-year mark two years ago, you know, the one your significant other teases you for holding on to…it may be the perfect accent hue in your “brand new” recycled scarf. If you plan on scouring thrift stores for the perfect color combinations, then look for sweaters that are 100% acrylic or acrylic blend instead of cotton. Cotton is more likely to unravel.

So, how much do you love this project already? Go to HGTV.com to see a full list of materials and detailed step-by-step instructions to create your own knit-less scarf. (If you prefer to knit, check out this free knitting pattern from the blog Ewe Ewe Yarns.)

With the feel of fall in the air, have you already started knitting, crocheting or upcycling sweater scarves?

Tell us in the comments below.

19 Responses

  1. anna@HGTV.com says:

    I'm so ready to try this project!

  2. Briana@HGTV says:

    I learned how to knit for a play (my character had to knit on-stage throughout), but then promptly forgot how. This…seems much more my speed!

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  4. Liz_HGTV says:

    I love this idea! Perfect for a clothes hoarder like me who still has every sweater I've ever purchased.

  5. @eweeweyarns says:

    Thanks for the plug HGTV! We are knitters over at Ewe Ewe Yarns but we love all things knitted… and this scarf is great! You can never have too many scarves! :)

  6. Kimberly V says:

    What a great way to hang on to beautiful favorite children's sweaters too! My girls have a few they've outgrown and they love too much to pass on. Now they can keep them and actually use them. Thanks for this! Such fun!

  7. latenightcoffee says:

    LOVE this! I made hats out of felted wool sweaters…I really like the look of these!

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